The resources on this page have been selected to support educators in finding CREST project ideas that require little equipment, can be run outside of a lab or at home, and use equipment that doesn’t require much sharing.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At primary level, our curated home learning packs don’t require many resources so they’re perfect to use either in the classroom or at home. For Primary teachers who have CLEAPSS access, we recommend this piece on doing Practical activities within your bubble.
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources you might need. Read the health and safety section carefully before you begin. Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
If you are looking for ideas for running CREST at home, many of the below resources are suitable, and you can still access our Star and SuperStar Home Learning packs below. If you need further support, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre.
Sniffly Sneezes Activity Card Gem grabs her hankie. Achoo! Achoo! Achoo! She holds her hankie to her nose and sneezes three more times. “Oh dear, what a horrible sniffly sneeze!” she sighs, tucking her hankie into her pocket. Now her nose is running! She needs to wipe it quickly. Gem pulls out her hankie again and rubs her nose. This isn’t any fun. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Cosmic. He’s brought Gem a lolly to cheer her up. SNIFFLY SNEEZE Cosmic looks at Gem, “Your nose is all red,” he says. “You look like a clown!” Gem sighs again. “It’s my hankie. It doesn’t work very well. I wish I had a better one.” “OK,” says Cosmic cheerfully. “I’m sure we can find something. Let’s ask Aunt Stella to help us. She will have lots of things we could try. But how will we know which is best?” Aunt Stella says she thinks a hankie needs to be strong when it’s wet. Cosmic thinks a hankie needs to be soft on your nose, and Gem thinks it needs to soak up water to keep your nose dry. Have you ever had a cold? What kind of hankie did you use? Your challenge Gem needs to know which hankie to use. She has lots of things to try. Can you help her?
Discuss Talk about how you will find out which is the best material for a hankie. Getting started EEZE Get some different materials. Put a piece of material in a tray. Drip coloured water onto the material. Does it soak up the water? How will you decide which is best at soaking up the drips of water? How will you make sure that everything is fair? Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to find out? Share your ideas Choose the best hankie and make a poster to share this. Extra things to do Can you do any other tests to decide which hankie is the best? Find out why it might be better to have a hankie that you can throw away after you have used it. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236
These challenges take about an hour each. Once you have completed eight of them you can get a CREST SuperStar Award. Start by downloading the Passport. Children can use this to record each activity they complete.
Our curated packs for home learning require very little equipment or resources, so are ideal now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility as students can finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home, if needed.
Each challenge has an organiser card and an activity card. All the instructions to set up the activity are in the organiser card. Read the 'watch out' section carefully before you begin. Children can use the activity card or you can read it through together.
Find out more about Star and SuperStar levels here.
Each of these projects take between ten and thirty hours to complete. The project briefs have an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources students might need. Before they begin, students should read the health and safety section carefully. Once students have completed their projects, they can get a CREST Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The amount of time spent on the project and how well they met the CREST criteria determines the level students will be awarded.
Start by downloading the relevant Workbook or Profile Form below. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity, which should be checked by a teacher. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
For Bronze projects, once a student has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. Bronze assessment is incredibly easy and can also be adapted for at-home learning if needed due to unexpected lockdowns, meaning parents can always assess when teachers cannot. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here
For Silver and Gold projects student work will need to be submitted online and will be assessed by a CREST assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.
Find out more about Gold level here.